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Natural Resource Specialist 4

State of Oregon

Salem ,  Oregon

• This position is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in Salem.

• This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

• The goal of this recruitment is to fill the position at the Natural Resource Specialist 4 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the Natural Resource Specialist 3 ($4,144-$6,050/mo.) to apply, as the department may consider under-filling the position.

• The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job postings may change without notice.

• You must submit your application online. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Quantitative Fisheries Scientist will provide highly complex and technical statistical services for fisheries management, fisheries surveys, and other data collection and analysis activities for the department. S/he will advise and assist biologists and managers to ensure that management products of the department use proper statistical experimental design and data analysis, that investigations are conducted in an efficient and effective manner with respect to design and analysis and that creel and other fish management surveys are conducted using proper statistical techniques. S/he will also be responsible for assisting with Recreational Fisheries Management Program implementation and working on special assignments within Fish Division. Major roles and responsibilities are to:

• Provide specialized technical and statistical support services to fishery research and management staff. Advise, assist and monitor research and management staff on proper statistical approaches to investigate statewide fisheries problems. Recommend to statewide management staff complex experimental designs, sampling plans and analytical techniques for answering questions related to statewide fishery management, such as harvest of hatchery released and naturally produced fish. Provide Biometrics support for 25-Year Angling Enhancement plan implementation actions related to highly complex statistical analysis. Provide Biometrics support to the Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) program and (Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP). Consult with outside statistical experts as needed to gain knowledge to complete assignments related to highly complex sample design and analysis. Assist authors in designing experiments and conducting statistical analyses to improve the quality of their work.

• Plan and monitor conduct of creel surveys for regional and district fishery managers to monitor trends in angler use, harvest, and other fishery related questions. Plan creel surveys appropriate to study goals considering the local geography, available staff and necessary level of precision. Visit field creel sites with field staff conducting creel surveys. Analyze creel surveys and angler opinion surveys. Interpret and evaluate statistical data. Assign and monitor data entry and accuracy of data entry of seasonal Biometrics staff. Provide written and oral results of surveys to appropriate district biologists, region managers, supervisor, and at various professional and public meetings. Develop a statewide programmatic approach to implement creel surveys, including data collection methods and protocol, data analysis, and reporting of creel survey results. Develop and maintain a biometrics website on the department's web page that includes creel survey information and results.

• Conduct independent research of a statistical or mathematical nature to investigate and recommend resolution of statewide fisheries problems. Examples include estimation of parameters from mark-recapture population estimates, complex sample designs for stream surveys, simulation modeling, fish stock discrimination and survival analysis. Plan analytic approaches and analyze data using complex analytical techniques on fisheries problems of a statistical or mathematical nature. Make recommendations to fishery managers based on the results of the analyses, either orally or in writing.

• Act as a department spokesperson and representative to other agencies, public hearings, boards and commissions on highly complex statistical analysis of recreational fisheries evaluations and creel and angler surveys.

• Plan, lead, and implement special projects or new program activities related to statistical analysis of fisheries management issues or development fishery monitoring or evaluation plans.

Working Conditions

• Work is primarily conducted in an office environment involving frequent use of computer equipment.

• Occasional field work when conducting site reviews for problem definition and experimental and sampling design.

• Requires travel to department offices for meetings, presentations, and discussions.

• Requires a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours.

NOTE: You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will check driving records for in-state finalists. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current driving record for review.

NOTE: Within three-days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships.

Minimum Qualifications

Natural Resource Specialist 4 Option:

• Five years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program. At least three years of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a fish or wildlife program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, coordinating and monitoring project activities, or performing statistical analysis; or Five years of statistical analysis experience in natural resources with at least three years of experience coordinating complex statistical analysis; AND

• A Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related degree or Statistics, Biometrics, Mathematics, or related degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological or statistical/biometrics coursework, or three additional years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program or three years of statistical analysis experience in natural resources.

A Master's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related Master's degree in biological/ecological sciences or Statistics, Biometrics, Mathematics or related field will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related Doctorate degree in biological/ecological sciences or Statistics, Biometrics, Mathematics or related field will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

Applicants who have obtained a Master's degree or Doctorate that included work experience from an internship, work/study, thesis, or similar program may list this experience in their application to receive credit for the work experience. The Master's degree/Doctorate and applicable work experience will be considered separately and both the education and applicable experience may count toward minimum qualifications.

Natural Resource Specialist 3 Option - Underfill:

• Three years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program. At least one year of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a fish or wildlife program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, coordinating and monitoring project activities or performing statistical analysis; or Three years of analysis experience in natural resources with at least three years of experience coordinating complex statistical analysis; AND

• A Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related degree or Statistics, Biometrics, Mathematics, or related degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework or statistical/biometrics coursework, or three additional years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fisheries or wildlife program or three years of statistical analysis experience in natural resources.

A Master's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related Master's degree in biological/ecological sciences or Statistics, Biometrics, Mathematics or related field will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related Doctorate degree in biological/ecological sciences or Statistics, Biometrics, Mathematics or related field will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

Applicants who have obtained a Master's degree or Doctorate that included work experience from an internship, work/study, thesis, or similar program may list this experience in their application to receive credit for the work experience. The Master's degree/Doctorate and applicable work experience will be considered separately and both the education and applicable experience may count toward minimum qualifications.

Note: Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported in the "Work Experience" section of your Oregon E-Recruit application.

Note: A copy of all transcripts (if education is required to qualify) must be attached at the time of application in order to receive credit for college degrees or coursework. Transcripts must include coursework and indicate that a degree was conferred. Online transcripts are acceptable. Official or original transcripts are not required; however, they may be required to validate education.

Requested Skills

Preference will be given to applicants with experience:

• Advanced computer skills including database management and programming languages such as MS Access, SQL Server, and analysis of data using S+, SAS, or R statistical analysis programs
• Planning and conducting creel and angler surveys
• Addressing natural resource policy
• Managing natural resource projects



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